France's National Assembly on Wednesday lifted the deputy’s immunity from prosecution of far-right leader Marine Le Pen for tweeting pictures of Islamic State group atrocities. This was reported by AFP agency.
The decision was taken by a cross-party committee in charge of the internal functioning of the assembly, after a request from the authorities to lift Le Pen's parliamentary immunity over a crime that carries up to three years in prison.
The leader of the National Front (FN), who ran a failed bid for president this year, in 2015 tweeted three pictures of ISIS violence.
One showed the body of James Foley, an American journalist beheaded by the Sunni extremists. The others showed a man in an orange jumpsuit being driven over by a tank and a man being burned alive in a cage.
"Daesh is this!" Le Pen wrote in a caption, using an Arabic acronym for IS.
Circulating "violent messages that incite terrorism or pornography or seriously harm human dignity" and that can be viewed by a minor, is a crime punishable by up to three years and a fine of 75,000 euros in France.
Following a request from Foley's family Le Pen eventually deleted the image of the American, saying she had been unaware of his identity.
Le Pen, a trained lawyer, slammed the move as a "lowly, purely political decision" which violated her freedom of expression.
"It's better to be a jihadist returning from Syria than an MP condemning the ignominies of IS," she told AFP, suggesting that France was softer on IS members than their opponents.
As it was reported earlier on May 7 the decisive duel in the presidential elections took place in France. Emmanuel Macron in a fight with Marine Le Pen obtained a confident victory, so immediately after closing the polling stations the National Front leader acknowledged her defeat in the battle for the presidency.